Tiger Woods looked menacing as he had two birdies in the first five holes, to get to three under, but he failed to capitalise on that with bogeys at the eighth and 11th, his putter letting him down on both occasions. The world number one stayed at one under through 16 holes.
Johnson didn't arrive at Muirfield until Monday morning after playing in the John Deere, where he made bogey on the 72nd hole and wound up losing in a three-man playoff. Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth captured the title on the fifth extra hole, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since 1931.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello made nine birdies in his first 11 holes to finish at 9-under 63 on Thursday for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn reaped the reward for three rounds of consistent golf when he won the 2.5-million-dollar Qatar Masters by four shots from Spain's Alvaro Quiros at Doha Golf Club on Sunday.